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9 Summer Must-Reads For The Adventure-Seeking Worm

Supply your summer with a wide range of inspiring adventures you can take without the hassle of having to book a ticket to somewhere. Check out some of our recommended titles that will instantly transport you to a summer destination  of your choice.


The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

What’s a summer adventure without someone to share it with? And what’s a trip to New York without some fun?A funny retrospective of youth, The Gunners is the story of six friends who navigate through the ups and downs of their mid-thirties while trying to keep the dark secrets of their past under wraps. Kauffman will make you want to reconnect with old friends in this endearing novel.


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

If you ever find yourself wondering how life must have been in one of the most controversial cities in the world, this book will help you understand. Hosseini gives us a glimpse of what it feels like to be an Afghan woman struggling to keep her family together in the midst of grave and intensifying danger in Kabul. Make sure to bring out the band-aids because this book will surely leave you breaking into a thousand splendid pieces.


Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Enrich your summer with a memorable trip to the Middle East courtesy of this debut novel by Rothman-Zecher. Caught between racial circumstance and patriotic duty, A 19-year-old Israeli soldier explores the possibility of a close-knit companionship with two Palestinian siblings. It tackles the never-ending conflict between two opposing territories and the rise of an unlikely friendship between its people.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

In this crazy, luxurious trip to the Lion City, Rachel Chu explores the world of Singapore’s most eligible bachelor, Nicholas Young, and his ridiculously rich family. This is a funny and witty debut novel by Kevin Kwan that will surely leave you questioning your wealth. Don’t forget to pack this along with your summer essentials for your next light reading at the beach or your own private island.


A Winter Book by Tove Jansson

Take the Moomin love a step further than the merch you find in nationwide Miniso stores and read this collection of beautifully-written short stories from the acclaimed and beloved creator of the comic strip. A Winter Book is sparse as a winter landscape, and very relatable at the same time. 


Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Revisit a memory of your childhood through one of the most loved books from 1961.Jump into the Island of Conclusions and learn about the importance of time with Milo and embark on a whole new journey of discovering an exciting world that’s totally different from the one you’re accustomed to.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Time travel can be the most bewildering expedition one could ever imagine.Dive into the pages of this award-winning 1963 Disney classic about the Murry and O’Keefe families’ attempt to rescue Meg Murry’s father after he experiments with a fifth dimensional time machine and mysteriously disappears. A movie version of A Wrinkle In Time premiered in the Philippines last March 14.


Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne

Paris is always a good idea. Historian Alistair Horne describes the City of Light to be many things but it’s never boring. From its history and culture to its triumph as the most romantic city in the world, Paris has grown even more exquisite through time. Horne vividly tells us how.  


Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Where do we run when grief takes over? Migake teaches us not to run too far and find the comfort that we need in the kitchen. Set in the Land of the Rising Sun, one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Asia, Kitchen is a captivating story of losing, healing and rebuilding your life again. It’s a journey one should take if you want to embrace yourself with the cold breeze of raw emotions and honesty.